Leading firms: Italian-speaking Switzerland in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. has strong expertise in transactions, dispute resolution, tax and private clients mandates in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Paolo Bottini  is a key contact for banks, financial institutions and companies for a variety of legal matters. Cesare Jermini  is a disputes specialist.


Bär & Karrer offers a very highly skilled team; it provides well-integrated tax and non-tax legal capabilities, and it ensures prompt replies to its client’s needs.’

Paolo Bottini is a smart tax lawyer with the ability to understand the background and transactions, and can offer solutions that are practical and professional.

Key clients

Banca dello Stato del Cantone Ticino


Cavotec SA


Work highlights

  • Advised the owners of Astes4 on the sale of their interests in the company to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
  • Assisted Cavotec with a capital increase by way of a rights offering to its shareholders.

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard's Lugano-office covers an impressive breadth of practice areas; it is particularly noted for its activity in dispute resolution, M&A, intellectual property, and tax matters. Corporate and sports specialists Henry Peter and Massimiliano Maestretti, tax expert Giovanni Stucchi, litigator Ivan Paparelli and Lars Schlichting, who knows banking and finance law well, are prominent practitioners. Andrea FioravantiStefano Perucchi and Jonathan Bernasconi are also noted.


The team is available, responsive and understands the issues.’

Key clients


GSA Gestion Sportive Automobiles SA

Ferrari SpA

Jelurida Swiss SA

Romgel SA

Friendz SA

Inpeco SA

Zegna Group

VF International Sagl

Parmalat Group

Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana SpA

Moncler Suisse SA

Bundesamt für Bauten und Logistik BBL

Ermenegildo Zegna SpA

Palamon Capital Partners

Investindustrial SA

Deborah Group BV

36th America’s Cup Arbitration Panel

Haas Formula LLC, USA

Ducati Motor Holding SpA

Münich Motorsport GmbH

Sailing Team Mascalzone Latino

Work highlights

  • Advised Ferrari on general tax and transfer pricing matters.
  • Represented an equipment supplier in a dispute in relation to the construction of a new building.
  • Acted for Precicast on the transfer of the entire issued share capital to Georg Fisher.

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd.'s Lugano office has considerable experience in employment, dispute resolution, IP and IT, and real estate matters. It is also active in the transactions and life sciences space. Stefano Codoni and Davide Jermini have a broad practice and are the key contacts. Other highlighted practitioners are counsels Stefano Fornara and Davide Cerutti and managing associate Marco Galli.


It is a quite rare to find a team of professionals of this quality and extraordinary standard. Kindness, availability, capabilities and know-how are beyond any expectation.’

The firm impresses with a strong network, a pragmatic approach and quick answers.’

Stefano Codoni is always available and is able to coordinate the work of teams in various jurisdictions, being a very efficient interface between the clients and the lawyers in different legal systems. The quality of input and advice both technical and strategical is impeccable.’

Davide Jermini is a great lawyer – pragmatic, fair, flexible, fast.

Key clients

Actial Farmaceutica Srl,

Bravofly / Bravonext/ Lastminute.com

Riverside Europe Partners BVBA


Artisa Group

Akara Funds AG

Lifeware SA

TDK Lambda


Work highlights

  • Acted for TDK Lambda on the acquisition of Nextys.
  • Represented lastminute.com in litigation against Ryanair.

Bernasconi Martinelli Alippi & Partners

Boutique law firm Bernasconi Martinelli Alippi & Partners covers banking and finance matters, dispute resolution work, and real estate mandates, as well as tax and private client services. Key practitioners are Alessandro MartinelliPaolo Bernasconi and Fabio Alippi.

Bolla & Bonzanigo

Bolla & Bonzanigo is noted for its expertise in dispute resolution mandates, including arbitration, litigation and mediation work. The team, which comprises Rocco Bonzanigo, Franco Brusa and Giovanni Molo, is also active in notary instructions, and banking and commercial work.

CSN Law Attorneys-At-Law

CSN Law Attorneys-At-Law's team includes Claudio Simonetti, Francesco NaefDaniele Calvarese, Costantino Castelli and Andres Alessandro Martini. The group handles matters relating to banking, corporate, commercial, litigation and criminal law.